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THE SHADOW Knows Sam Raimi!!

Merrick here...
Sam Raimi is bringing back THE SHADOW, whose rights were recently acquired by Columbia. Siavash Farahani is already locked to write the script. While Raimi will produce the film, there's no news about whether he'll direct THE SHADOW -- his continuance with the SPIDER-MAN franchise is unclear post SPIDER-MAN 3 & this would certainly seem like a logical possibility. Then again, he may opt for a different genre for his next film...a change of pace...considering how damn long he's been with Spidey. The last time THE SHADOW hit the big screen was back in 1994 - Russell Mulcahy's version starring Alec Baldwin. 'Twas well produced but lackluster and sloppy (i.e. your standard Mulcahy film); it'll be fun to see what Raimi and company bring to the table this time around.


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  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Siavash Farahani?

    by torontoxic

    How in the hell did HE get the gig?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Raimi, direct!

    by JustinSane


  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    would prefer...

    by streakerfreak1983

    that Raimi team up with Campell again and make some big budget crazy horror film.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Who knows what evil lurks....

    by RobinP HELL yeah !! Though, I admit to having really liked the Mulcahy version, and it on dvd. C'mon, for a film starring Alec Baldwin, it was a classic.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Who Cares

    by Turd Furgeson

    You would think that Raimi would want to do something compelling and original at this point....

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Orson Welles doing the voice on the radio...

    by rbatty024

    show was classic. I even enjoyed the original version, even if the third act was sloppy, but ultimately forgivable. There were still some great moments in that film. Hope Raimi directs.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    'The Shadow' was on TV late Saturday night and I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. It's not perfect, but has that kind of enjoyable quality like 'Dick Tracy' or 'The Roecketeer'. I hope Raimi will direct..seems like it could be fun! <p> Michael Regina<br> Editor in Chief/Segment Producer<br><br><br><br>

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    The weed of crime bears bitter fruit!

    by KarmicRelief

    The weed of directors bears bitter movies. So - Damn you Michael Bay!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    WTF?!? Wee Free Men???

    by Daft_Wully

    What happened to this project? I swore I read something about this on here and many other sites. I require, nay, NEED the symbiotic union of one of my favourite directors with my favourite author!!! It has to be done, dammit!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    The crime of weed wears fitter bruits

    by Mr Incredible

    Raimi should really find something else to do...maybe work on the remake of "Supergirl".

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST



    I'm definitely looking forward to this... we all know Sam will direct if the script is good...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    good, do something else

    by lofe101

    if there is a spidey 4 and it focuses on venom, id rather have someone else take the helm. sam said he doesnt like venom so i would like to see someone else's take that. and also would like to see him directing something else. im not familiar with shadow but raimi is very capable. i for one wouldnt want to direct the same types of movies over and over again. so cheers.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Who cares about the Shadow!

    by Norm3

    There are so many more interesting properties to develope in the Pulp or Comic book genre. Doc Savage, John Carter, Conan, etc etc.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Get Bruce Campbell to be The Shadow

    by TylerDurden3395

    Raimi should direct and Bruce Campbell should be The Shadow, otherwise don't bother. The '94 version was great. It featured by far Alec Baldwin's best performance (with the exception of his turn in Glengarry Glen Ross),with his raspy voice being perfect for The Shadow. I know Raimi was slated to direct the '94 version at one time, (which was written by David Koepp who later teamed with Raimi on Spider-Man) so this might be his form of payback.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST



    He should broaden a little bit and do something different for his next film since he's been tied to the spidey franchise for so long and then get the shadow done...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Alec Baldwin, an apology

    by mrbong

    let's face it, we have all been bad in our treatment of Alec Baldwin. over the years, we have tasted the humour of calling him "Mr Kim Basigner", but now have to digest the fact that we were harsh. his performances of late, in particular The Departed, have been outstanding. when in South Park Mr Garrison was distraught at the death of all the Baldwins we thought it was funny, now such a concept would be truly tragic. as much as i appreciate the work of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, under no circumstances should anyone touch any Alec Baldwin films. they are due for a reappraisal any day now.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Seconded on Bruce Campbell as The Shadow!

    by Tron8278

    I was going to try to be the first to say Bruce Campbell for The Shadow! But I wasn't logged in. TylerDurden3395 beat me to it. However I agree with him. It's about time to see The Bruce in a leading role. If Mr. Raimi wants Campbell as The Shadow, the studio can't say no because of his success in the Spider-Man franchise. I'll be there no matter what, though.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    ...stay with the Spidey franchise dammnit.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wrap a scarf round me head....

    by The Equalizer

    ...and watch my nose get bigger! Quality super power!!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Damn you Alec Baldwin

    by TheBaxter

    Damn you Alec Baldwin

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell shouldn't be The Shadow, he should be

    by RenoNevada2000

    - either Shrevvie or Clyde Burke, both of whom are the Shadow's agents. Remember Bruce in the Coehn's HUDSUCKER PROXY? Add in some fisticuffs and that's Burke.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Either Campbell as the Shadow...

    by NubtheSquirrel

    Or have Baldwin return. He was so awesome in the first movie that it would be a shame if he were not to return. Since I saw the original in the theaters, my mind was rampant with the thought that there would be a sequel. I just hope that this is not the end of the Spidey franchise with Raimi's wanting to do this movie next.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Bruce as Shadow...

    by abominate

    ...I'm a little young to remember the Shadown (although I'm in my 30s), but Campbell really would be an inspired pick. And in lieu of Orson, get James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman to do the voice. Or Liam Friggin' Neeson! Come this May, Raimi will own the planet.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST



    Was AWESOME as the shadow. The movie sucked, but Alec was the shit...but then, I love that guy's work. He can do no playing the boy scout leader on SNL...fucking HILARIOUS

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    The Shadow And Pulp Stuff

    by Barron34

    I liked Baldwin's performance, and the movie was fun, but it was hardly a tour de force. If Raimi is such a big fan, he should direct. Passion for the material would help. Anyway, it will obviously be done as a period piece, unless they use the ultra-violent Howard Chaykin revionist version which brought the Shadow into the present day. I am a Chaykin fan since American Flagg, so I enjoyed that, but Raimi will probably make a more "traditional" version set in a retro-thirties type universe. Pulps are great, and I am glad to see that the comic book into films fad is bringing properties like these into production. We need Doc Savage, Conan, the Avenger, etc made into films! Great stuff!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    THE SHADOW was the last decent Alec Baldwin film

    by SpyGuy

    My wife and I are fans of the previous SHADOW film, even if it comes off like an attempt to cash in on Tim Burton's BATMAN films. In fact, I used to think Baldwin would have made a better Batman than Michael Keaton, but considering Baldwin's become a blimped-out uber-Hollywood liberal, things may have worked out for the best. If nothing else, though, maybe this Raimi project will mean we'll finally get a widescreen special edition DVD release of Baldwin's flick.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    of all the actors in hollywood that I hate the most

    by emeraldboy

    it is possibly Alec Baldwin. What an arrogant bullying toe-rag little bastard he is. We all know that Kim Basinger was being beaten six ways to sundays when she said that developed this phobia that she couldnt get out of the house on Oprah. He couldnt act anyway and that shadow film what a croc. It ended Mulcahys career faster than Harry eats twinkies. Campbell yes. Bladwin as the villian. Christian Bale.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    of all the actors in hollywood that I hate the most

    by emeraldboy

    it is possibly Alec Baldwin. What an arrogant bullying toe-rag little bastard he is. We all know that when Kim Basinger was being beaten six ways to sundays when she said that developed this phobia that she couldnt get out of the house on Oprah. He couldnt act anyway and that shadow film what a croc. It ended Mulcahys career faster than Harry eats twinkies. Campbell yes. Bladwin as the villian. Christian Bale.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Face it, pulp heroes rock

    by Doctor_Sin

    I loved Baldwin's Shadow, but Raimi will do great with this. Actually, I'd like Raimi to direct a film based on Philip Jose Farmer's "Greatheart Silver," an excellent parody send-up of pulp heroes.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Coen bothers should write the new Shadow.

    by vivavitalogy

    That would be cool.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST

    random Shadow thoughts

    by cyberskunk

    I think that guy who played Sherlock Holmes on PBS would make an interesting Shadow. I know someone who was really disappointed in the '94 movie and one of his chief complaints was that the Shadow's laughter needed to be menacing and instead it came off as maniacal.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I agree that Doc Savage, John Carter, Flash Gordon

    by superninja

    is preferrable to this. But it could still be pretty interesting if they make it more mystical and less Batman. Kind of Dr. Strange meets Batman.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    The Baldwin Shadow was the first movie....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    ...I ever walked out of. I just couldn't sit there any longer and watch that shit masquerading as celluloid. Terrible.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST

    President Evil...

    by MC Vamp

    I feel you man. My dad died last year and there are a dozen movies I wish he could have seen. This one goes right on the list, along with Revenge of the Sith, Superman Returns, Apocalypto, The Departed, Batman Begins, etc...and man, he would have loved seeing Casino Royale. He'd been waiting decades for a non-sissy Bond. In other notes, hey, Liam Neeson would be the perfect Shadow. Because, technically, he kinda already played the character for Raimi, except he was called "Darkman" and instead of hiding in the darkness, he used other faces... Ah, who cares, bring it on!!! Anything to take the inevitable bad taste of Ghost Rider and FF2 out of our mouths.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Raimi Covered this territory already in

    by emeraldboy

    Darkman. Could a neeson/Raimi reunion be on the cards. Neeson has the voice due to his theaterical background. But one of his kids is sick. His daughter has some illness or other.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    They need someone like Christopher Lee.

    by superninja

    I'm not suggesting Lee, but someone in that vein. Theatrical and mysterious. For once I'm not going to suggest Hugh Jackman.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    isnt there someone producing John Carter

    by emeraldboy

    A bearded fat texan who goes by the name Harry and who spent ten years designing an anti-hollywood website called aint it cool news or something.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Missing Dink

    The word "franchise" sickens me when it's appplied to movies. It was applied by the no talent producers who took over Hollywood to package their products rather than make worthwhile cinema. Let's not use their language please.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Spiderman is a Franchise!!!!!

    by mistergreen

    and a movie.. have you seen all the junk that's associated with spiderman? (mugs, toys, pens, video game etc.) it's a franchise.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    How many projects can one man head?

    by vivavitalogy

    The Evil Dead (producer) Dibbuk Box (producer) The Man Who Couldn't Forget(producer) Boogeyman 2(producer) Priest(producer) 30 Days of Night (producer) The Messengers (producer) And now The Shadow.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Viva la revolucion!

    by superninja

    Down with the franchise!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by blacklodgebob

    This is the best news I've had all year. I hope Raimi directs it!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    "From the guy who brought you Boogeyman and The Grudge"

    by BitterMan23

    Sorry, Raimis name means absolute shit these days to me. He uses up all of his energy on Spiderman.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The worst part of the Baldwin Shadow was the worst

    by superninja

    part of all the Batman films: they had to sidle him with a love interest and give him some contrived motivation as to why he is kicking butt and taking names. The Shadow should be more mysterious than Batman, almost scary. We don't need to "feel his pain" and he certainly doesn't need the cliche girlfriend.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    C'mon Coens!

    by ImJustSaying

    Oh man, if there's one project to resussitate (how the hell do you spell that?) the currently flaccid career of the Coen Brothers, it's this! C'mon Sam, get them on it, you know you can. Can you imagine the Coens, Roger Deakins, and their awesome group of actors working with this material? That'd be the best. They need a come back. Raimi's best work was co writing The Hudsucker Proxy.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I wonder how the Coen Bros. would handle Flash Gordon.

    by superninja

    They seem to specialize more in noir folk tales, so maybe something like that wouldn't appeal to them. But I think it would be an interesting experiment.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    im still not convinced...

    by carpemundus

    raimi didnt actually dislike venom. they thought ahead two movies and start talking about how he didnt like the character? i know theyre a step a head...but please - we know how spiderman 8 ends

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Could we have a new Rocketeer movie please!

    by Cleyu

    Its about time....

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    the shadwho?

    by Reelheed

    what? why? OMG you broke my lame-ometer.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Screw this! Raimi should make--

    by Batutta

    The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril!!! Give The Shadow to the crew that made V for Vendetta.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    The only thing Lame is your acronym usage.

    by vivavitalogy

    Before you blast The Shadow I suggest you do your homework and realize you wouldn't have a fourth of the movies and TV shows you watch and the comics and books you read if it was not for the success of The Shadow radio programs and pulps. You don't have to like The Shadow but the last you should do is talk shit about a character that lead the way for the kind of entertainment you visit Aint It Cool News for. Show a little respect.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    BFD - The Shadow Sucks

    by hatespeech

    big time

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Damn you, Hollywood

    by CTU Mole

    Yes, let's remake another movie that's LESS THAN 15 YEARS OLD! A sorry ass Batman/Dick Tracy character at that. Go fuck yourself, Hollywood.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane as The Shadow!

    by Sledge Hammer

    You know he's got the voice and presence for it, and you just know he'd fuck your shit up. Never, ever happen though.<p>I'm not a "Bruce Campbell for everything!" kinda guy, but I could see him working in the role, just so long as he didn't cheese it all up. Neeson would be a decent choice too.<p> It'll probably end up being Ben Affleck or worse though...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Sledge Hammer

    The Shadow came before Batman, and was first birthed on radio about a month prior to Dick Tracy's first strips appearing. And as others have said, The Shadow's influence on pop culture, books, tv, comics and radio has extended far and wide, and as such, I surely don't begrudge him another shot at film.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer

    by vivavitalogy


  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:49 p.m. CST

    How about Gary Oldman for the Shadow?

    by superninja

    He's been playing good guys and I kind of like it. And although I am not a huge Hugo Weaving fan, he's got the voice, the profile, and the appropriately creepy demeanor. Probably too similar in tone to V at this point, but he would be pretty good.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST

    CTU Mole...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    you should know that "the shadow" (as a character on radio and in books) predates both dick tracy and batman - and no one complained when christopher nolan made "batman begins" (the latest in a long succession of batman movies) - the success of which im sure had something to do with this new "shadow" going ahead - along with raimis attachment - personally id rather see someone make a "doc savage" movie - or some other character we havent seen lately or at all

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    The Rocketeer

    by Green Arrow

    I second Cleyu! It is time...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by BranMakMorn

    As the SHADOW!!!! Nuff said.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell as The Shadow?

    by Almost_Human

    Bad idea. I like Bruce, but come on. I've seen Oldman mentioned and he can pull off about any role so he is a winner. Ian McShane is getting too old to play Lamont Cranston, although he would make a great Shadow villain. Christopher Lee is also too old. WAY too old. I think Clive Owen would make a great Shadow. An even better Shadow than he would have been Bond (no offense to Craig). He has the right look, he can do action, and he can be a scary bastard like the character requires.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Adrien Brody as the Shadow

    by Ivan_Mtl

    He certainly looks like the character physically, and would also make a great Lamont Cranston, but I think they would have to do something about his voice as the Shadow. Also, I hope that the filmmakers look at the great Shadow comics produced by Mike Kaluta and, especially, Frank Robbins for inspiration and reference. Great stuff!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    He's got the Schnozz.

    by vivavitalogy

    With a lot of work and understanding of the character I think Bordy could pull it off. If he took it as seriously as he did his Pianist character then I'm all for it.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I said someone like Christopher Lee.

    by superninja

    Obviously he's too old, but in his prime he'd be ideal. The eyes and the voice are key.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Brody? He is a fine actor but he looks

    by superninja

    like a weasel. The Shadow is supposed to look like a MAN. A grown, adult, male. Why don't we get Andy Serkis to play the Shadow?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Mad Mick of the East

    i second the Chinatown Death Cloud motion. It would be way more tits at this point than yet another reboot. Paul Giamatti as the fat one

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    How 'bout Benicio?

    by CherryValance

    but that was just a guess. All I know about the Shadow is the Baldwin movie.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    We command thee Sam Raimi...

    by Laserbrain

    Direct it yourself!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Yes, I realize The Shadow predates Batman & Dick Tracy

    by CTU Mole

    And the Phantom and every other dark avenging character. That doesn't change the fact that it's been done to death.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by Orionsangels

    Who cares about that stupid character.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST

    who knows what evil lurks in... sam raimi knows

    by wolvenom

    would have been a better title for the article. 'the shadow knows sam raimi' shows that this site is losing its inspiration and imagination.... hopefully they won't make it with baldwin involved this time around. Please no ben affleck wannabe baldwin either. Someone either new or unknown hopefully. If not ill settle with jude law, daniel craig, or christian bale

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Why doesn't Raimi fix DARKMAN and release it on DVD

    by Monkey_King

    By Fix, I mean fix the bad bluescreen work near the films climax and release a 2 disc 'Director's Cut' of the film. I could give a rats ass about the crappy direct-to-video sequels. Raimi could've also "fixed" the obvious wire work in EVIL DEAD 2:DEAD BY DAWN's climax as well; using modern wire-removal techniques.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Because Darkman is not a very good film?

    by superninja

    That might be why.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Martin Landau would have been perfect 30 years ago.

    by Uncapie

    The man has class and can act.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Die Darkman Die

    by superninja

    That title always manages to give me a chuckle.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Me for Shadow.

    by zombieslayer

    I will retire my zombie slaying ways to take a weedwacker to crime, and cloud men's minds.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Why That’s Not Bitter Fruit at All.

    by Evil Chicken

    Cool news indeed. Should be a hoot.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I hope it's done ...

    by bender7

    ... in black and white. True Noir style

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    I'm so excited I could explode

    by Pascal

    Like an implosive-explosive submolecular device.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Why bother, really?

    by Eyegore

    The last time someone tried to make this movie they did a fair job of it and it still sucked and devervingly bombed at the box office. Because no matter how good you do it, it's still The Shadow and still sucks. Let it rest in peace.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Mulcahy directed Highlander

    by mullymt

    Which, of course, won the Oscar for Best Movie Ever Made.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Raimi make a *real* Darkman sequel

    by Osmosis Jones

    Get Liam Neeson back (hell, even France McDormand) and do it RIGHT this time. And n way in hell should Raimi Pull A Lucas on the original by cleaning up the bluescreen. The film's low-budget look is one of it's chief pleasures, and really helps sell it's pulp comic-book flavor (far more successfully than Raimi's Spider-Man films, despite the brilliant "tentacle massacre" sequence in the second film). While I'd love to see a remastered special edition DVD of the original Darkman, don't you dare change any of the F/X. Oh yeah, and to stay on-topic, the Shadow movie was pretty dumb. Some wonderful F/X and cinematography, but full of silly dialogue and lame writing. While I wouldn't mind another attempt at a movie, it's way too soon to be thinking of that. Wait at least another decade.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Yes, Shadow should be noir style.

    by superninja

    Maybe even black and white, with the only colors the blood red of his scarf and the terror of the criminals!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Die Darkman Die, No I Really Mean It This Time

    by superninja

    The Sequel to Die Darkman Die.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST


    by Almost_Human

    Would make a great Shadow, but not Lamont Cranston. His Shadow would be a BMF. I stand corrected, superninja, Lee in his prime would make an excellent Shadow, maybe a perfect Shadow.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by F-1000

    This is beyond cool, The Shadow is definitely one of the most interesting characters in both the history of pulp radio and comic books. Which is even more amazing considering how long he's been around. So layered! Bring that ruthless anti-hero to the screen with a treatment that the material deserves. I want to see him KILLING BADDIES! GO RAIMI YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT! I have no doubt this movie will rock, I mean, Darkman is an awesome anti-hero.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Mulcahy is a great director

    by JuanSanchez

    He has more talent in his left nut than most of today's directors.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 12:51 a.m. CST

    I mean - Raimi is great

    by JuanSanchez

    But he's the exception - not the rule.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Leonardo Leonardo

    by CarmillaVonDoom


  • Dec. 12, 2006, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Alan Rickman as the Shadow

    by paralyser-pro

    I dunno if he's too old, but he's got the nose for it, and he kinda sounds like Orson.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Raimi already directed THE SHADOW.....

    by mcflytrap was called DARKMAN. And it blew ass. Raimi = severly overrated.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Not if he just produces it...

    by Halloween68

    If he directs, we'll get EVIL DEAD, SPIDER-MAN, THE GIFT, A SIMPLE PLAN. If he just produces it, we'll get BOOGIEMAN or THE GRUDGE. Even his worst attempts at directing, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD and CRIMEWAVE were better than BOOGIEMAN and THE GRUDGE. Personally, I'd rather see him do EVIL DEAD IV or get back to making more Hitchcock type thrillers.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Saivash Farihani is not a name...

    by TylerDurden3395

    it's a bad Scrabble hand

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST


    by Frijole

    OK, I'll give you CRIMEWAVE... Granted I've only seen a bootleg of it and from books we know that it was mired in MAJOR interference from the studio that Raimi (at the time) was in no position to question... But THE QUICK AND THE DEAD??? Come on now... I think that movie is one of about a half dozen westerns that Clint Eastwood was not involved in- that I can even stand. The story may have just been a fairly transparent rack to hang his directorial style on... but MAN what style. He goes NUTS in that movie and it's so damn kinetic as a result. And the acting is top notch across the board (though admittedly showy, but that was intentional). So, I gotta ask what your beed with it is? Now FOR LOVE OF THE GAME on the other hand... Heh.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Changing the subject a bit.

    by Nice Marmot

    I just watched Spies Like Us for the first time since like 1989 (a bit crappier than I remembered) & was shocked to see Sam Raimi, both Coens, & Terri Gilliam all had cameos. According to the credits Ray Harryhausen was in it too, but I didn't catch it because I had no idea what he looked like. What's up w/ all the cool cameos? The only cameos I caught back in the day were B.B.King & Bob Hope (way obvious).

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    So no one knows?

    by Daft_Wully

    No one knows what happened to the Wee Free Men movie that Sam was supposed to direct? AICN reported on it here ---> What? Was it a lie or just wishful thinking?

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by Pandas him here, they seek him there, that damned elusive sha-a-dow.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    The problem with the '94 movie...

    by ComputerGuy68

    John Lone and Tim Curry were WAY over the top and were very embarrassing. I was so disappointed in that film. To me it was going to be a perfect film, some great actors and a director of one of my favorite films of all time. What a train wreck of a film. To this day I have not been able to look at it again. <p> I hold no hope of Rami making a better film, if Darkman is an example. Of the eight films of his that I've seen, I only liked The Gift and For Love of the Game. Oh how I wish Cameron had Spiderman...

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Whoever said Clive Owen...

    by playahatersball

    Is right on! Just imagine his masked face, with a spotlight on his menacing eyes- perfect Shadow right there (short of Chris Lee circa 1968) Too bad The Shadow is the kind of property that only geeks who are shunned by other geeks are into. I'd much rather see them get the ball rolling on another Conan movie, or better yet, a Conan maxi-series on HBO that spends each season on a different period of the Cimmerian's life (Reaver,pirate,theif,gladiator,warlord) culminating with the last season, King Conan. Oh yeah, instead of live action, have squaresoft animate the whole thing. If the powers that be could get that project made, the possibilities for kicking all sorts of unholy ass would be limitless.Someone get me a pitch session at HBO, stat!

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Mulcahy is a TERRIBLE director...

    by Batutta

    Highlander was good IN SPITE of him. Christopher Lamert, Sean Connery and the fun script made that movie work. Mulcahy mostly got in the way with his overwrought camera trickery.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Batutta -

    by Almost_Human

    Good call on Highlander. The movie certainly worked in spite of Mulcahy, just like what worked about the 94 Shadow was also in spite of his innate sense of camp and camera tricks.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Mulcahy made Highlander great

    by JuanSanchez

    You just need to watch Highlander 3 and 4 to see that Mulcahy was integral to the success of the origional. In H2 - he couldn't overcome the script - but the film is visually dazzling and wonderfully original. What worked in The Shadow WAS Mulcahy's style - and little else.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Isn't "Darkman" "The Shadow"?

    by Kirbymanly

    Too close...

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Saw on CNN that Green Lantern's creator died

    by Doctor_Sin


  • Dec. 12, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Highlander 2...

    by Batutta

    ...was one of the few movies I walked out on, and one of the worst of all time.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Who cares about Cranston's inner demons?

    by superninja

    Cranston is enigmatic, not tortured. It's the only thing that makes the Shadow edgy. What you're suggesting is the formula used for every superhero film - teenage angst + girl issues. It works with Spiderman, and that's about it.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 6 p.m. CST


    by vivavitalogy

    That's too bad. I wonder when the boys at AICN will inform everyone. It seems they have been a bit lazy the last couple of days. I guess the BNAT tore em' up.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Of course, bacci, but this is Hollywood and

    by superninja

    everyone knows that the Shadow needs a girlfriend and probably a little orphan for a sidekick so we can feel his pain.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell

    by Droogie Alex

    Do you guys really want a character like the Shadow played by ham fisted goofball comic actor like Campbell? And I find Rami films to be too cartoon-ny

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:15 a.m. CST

    The problem with the shadow is

    by emeraldboy

    that was it was over shadowed by Jim Carreys The mask and that awful billy zane movie The Phantom, but mostly The Mask.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST

    SHADOW director:

    by BranMakMorn

    If not Raimi, then David Fincher

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    I forgot about FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME. And that was probably on purpose. It's like me, as a Coen Brothers fan, trying to forget INTOLERABLE CRUELTY. When I overlook that one, I usually chalk it up to, hey, the guy had to do a kiss-ass studio picture to make bucks to do a film he really wanted to do. Probably, in this case, THE GIFT. As for me naming THE QUICK AND THE DEAD as one of his less than perfect films, I never said it was a bad movie. My point was it's a lesser movie than the EVIL DEADs and the SPIDER-MANs and A SIMPLE PLAN and THE GIFT. I picked up two of them. Those two stuck out to me as being the lesser two of his career. So calm down. I do like TQATD. I also like CRIMEWAVE in a carefree sort of shits and giggles way.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    Yeah. In the day, that's why most people made a big deal of the picture. Because of all the cameos. It's still a pretty funny film in an 80s cheese sort of way. The opening is classic (Chevy watching the Ronald Reagan Musical). And come on..."What's a dickfer?" That cracks me up every time.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:36 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    Oh. And I guess the overall point was that his lesser two directing projects are way better than his best producer projects. And I stand by that even with FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME. That movie was well made. What killed it was the generic script and the casting.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:41 a.m. CST

    One more

    by Halloween68

    I forgot about DARKMAN. That's a good one too. That's a crazy film that's just built on style and over-the-top flare. Classic Raimi. Just like the tv production of MANTIS. Okay. Kidding. I did like AMERICAN GOTHIC though. And I suppose he gets kudos for HERCULES and XENA. Not really my thing. But you can tell he had a lot of fun with the series, as executive producer.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Adrien Brody would be brilliant

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Here's another thought though. How about Christian Bale. Both Batman Begins and the Prestigue shows that he has a gift for being dark and mysterious. Someone mentioned Clive Owen and he would be cool too. He was great in Sin City.